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Herbert Bates, 62, owner of H&B Auto Repair, located at 1311 22nd St. S for 21 years, devises a way to install power steering and brakes in a 1968 Ford truck in January 2002. Bates moved the business to Ninth Street and Seventh Avenue S in March because of a rent increase that he did not want to pay. “I’ll set up in my back yard before I pay the man more money,” says Bates. “Now, if he wants to fix some things and make this old building better, then we might be able to talk but not like it is now.” Eliamusia Payne, 76, who has worked at H&B for the past seven years because he says he can’t stand to be still, says he’d do anything for Bates because “that kind of man don’t come along often.” Eliamusia Payne, or Ely as he is called, is a World War II veteran who served under Gens. Patton, MacArthur and Eisenhower. “When I moved to St. Petersburg (in about 1930), 22nd was a dirt road and Jordan Park was a lake,” says Payne.

[Times photo: Jamie Frances]

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